100% of India knows english.

@payout (3722)
United States
March 22, 2009 7:56am CST
Did you know 100% of India knows english now. it's amazing to here something like that it's wow. I would of never thought they will teach there country English. not 33% or 50% or 66% or 75% but 100% knows English. I think thats pretty cool how they know english so that will just make everything easier and more understanding. What's your Opinion about this?
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@divinchris (2449)
• India
22 Mar 09
Who told you that 100% of people here in India speaks English.Don't exaggerate things here.I'm also from India,can I ask you how many people in the Slums of Mumbai speak English?There is a limit to which you can say things.If you would have said like 75% I would have been happy.I feel that your giving false details here in mylot.As you may know majority of the Indian population still lives in the Villages and not in Metros.Then how come your argument is justifiable.Don't try to make such false remarks.
@chimrani (1430)
• India
22 Mar 09
yes,iam too indian and i estimate only 30-35 % of indians know english.Its not right think to post wrong statistics if you don't know.Only politicians post wrong statistics about literacy,economy etc............ Indian politicians post wrong statistic of literacy rate to get votes.
@chimrani (1430)
• India
22 Mar 09
Hey friend where are you from And to your information only 30 - 35 % INDIAN's know English.I know well about indian's many of them illiterate and just government is posting wrong statistic about its literacy rates. Still english is not popular in india And many school and students are studing in many indian languages. "I think it will take upto 10 years for 100 % indian's to learn and speak english"
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@krupesh (2608)
• India
22 Mar 09
Hey chimrani, In India you call a person literate if he knows to put his own signature.Its not that if he knows english he is called a literate.
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@chimrani (1430)
• India
22 Mar 09
yes i think too.There are many peoples who can write there signature and government publishing as literacy rate....Ya you are tight
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@chimrani (1430)
• India
22 Mar 09
sorry,Ya You are right
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@scheng1 (24807)
• Singapore
23 Mar 09
India and other countries used to be British colonies. Some of those educated during those days are very powerful in English. In Singapore, those ladies that graduated from convent school speak very good English. Many Indian ladies from convent schools in India also speak and write in perfect English. But most of the common people do not use English as the day to day language, only a few words like, Bye, Morning, coffee manages to enter the language stream of common people. If you are referring to the fact that 100% of India speak "hi", "bye", "coffee" and "Ok", I guess you are right.
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@krupesh (2608)
• India
23 Mar 09
scheng1, Even till today some people dont know hi , bye , ok in the villages.Some even dont know the alphabets.
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@bbsr13 (4198)
• India
22 Mar 09
Hello! It is an exaggerated figure you have quoted here.In India nearly thirty percent of the people are illiterate.So how they speak or understand English I don't understand.So I presume you are wrongly informed by some body about India's literacy rate.Please check up your data.thanx.
@chimrani (1430)
• India
22 Mar 09
friend your statistic is according to politicians i reality only 30-35 % indian's can speak english
@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
22 Mar 09
That is not impossible... since India was under British rule for many many years... and the education system in India is based on the British system... almost the same here in the Philippines... almost all Filipinos know how to speak and write in English... but in different levels of course... and some schools use English as a medium of instruction instead of the national language...
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• Philippines
26 Mar 09
nope, not "almost all" filipinos know how to speak english even if you mentioned in different levels.. prolly you've said that because there are some english words with no direct filipino translations at all like BAG, OK, etc.. have you tried speaking in english to those who live in tribes? when im being asked if all filipinos do speak english as i do (hey, im not saying im better or great, just good), i just say, the fortunate ones really do speak good english as i do.. even better english i can say.. but not almost all.. our population is huge.. and even "almost all" does not describe it..
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@krupesh (2608)
• India
22 Mar 09
Where in the world did you get this figure?I am also from India & according to me it just might be that its 100% literates.You know who is called a literate in India? A literate is a person who knows how to put his signature.I dont know about other countries but here in India its called like that. Now coming back to 100% of India knows englishjust use your senses & think for yourself.Dont make others laugh at you.Hope you got this figure from somewhere & its totally FALSE.
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@chimrani (1430)
• India
22 Mar 09
yes i too suprised by reading this post and it made me laugh because in india only 30-35 % can speak english
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@sumiirajj (1983)
• India
23 Mar 09
Hi friend,I am from India,but I cant believe this.I am from a village but brought up in the city .In our village 90%of the people dont know English.Where did you get this information?Even though speaking English is developing in every nook and corner we cant say that 100% knows English.Thanks for sharing.happy mylotting.
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@Kishup (29)
• India
23 Mar 09
Hi, I think you have got some wrong statisiticals. I stay in India and I am very sure this is not the case. As per my assumption, only 20 to 30 % of Poupulation speaks English. Still I will try to get the official statistics and revert.
@bballpro (79)
• United States
23 Mar 09
I do not think every single person in India knows English so I doubt it is 100%. Not even 100% of English speaking countries know English. It may be a high percentage but I would not say 100%.
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@mimibt (52)
• Philippines
23 Mar 09
In any case most Asian countries require English to be taught and language used in schools. It is definitely and advantage.
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@Aquilis (175)
23 Mar 09
English has become the language of commerce, with all the outsourcing from english speaking countries if you don't speak english it becomes very hard to get a job. Though i also find it hard to believe that it is really 100%, considering most new borns don't start making coherant noises for a while :P
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• United States
22 Mar 09
I don't mean to be rude, but do you mean "knows" English, or "understands the gist of" English? I just mean, alot of sites that I go and there's people from India, and some of them get the gist of Enlgish, but they don't know all of the rules, like the tense of a verb, and such.
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• United States
22 Mar 09
I don't think this is true. I agree with the comment about the children in the slums that don't have the opportunity to speak English. Maybe a large majority of the people who are able to attain education speak English but the disadvantaged don't have the opportunity. My mom knows someone from India who has lived here for years who doesn't know English and this is because she's just been in contact with family members and other people who speak Hindi. How can you account for every single person in India to come up with this percentage when there is a large population that is neglected. The percentage is inaccurate.
@zhuhuifen46 (3486)
• China
22 Mar 09
English has been a useful language for a good career. Indians have the advantage in many professions. With a common language, global communication becomes easier and provide more opportunities for the country and the people, especially in IT and oursourcing services.
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@LiveLove (445)
• United States
22 Mar 09
Yeah, that is the case for other countries having greater number of English speakers. China had (or has) the largest number of English speakers. you want to market to as many people as possible although I'm not sure why English is one of the main languages in economic dealings.
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@benny128 (3622)
22 Mar 09
I personally think most of the world are taught english, it seems to be a more universal accepted language. I suppose its like french and german being taught in most uk schools its the norm.
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@Kishup (29)
• India
26 Mar 09
Hi, Pls find the correct statistic, Only 11% of total indian population can speak english. The information is searched on web and is not an authenthicated goverment record.